Day 322 – Feb 3rd
Two years ago today we’d booked ourselves in… not your usual booking, like a table in a restaurant. No, this was quite a unique booking. After the complications in delivering Olivia the first time around, we elected to have a planned c-section delivery for our new arrival.
Today was the day we went into hospital.
The bags were packed, we were up and showered early and off to the hospital. Being early February it was cold out, but we were not concerned with the weather, for the next couple of days it was going to be of no interest to us.
We appeared to be the third of three couples to have the procedure done today, and the first two had both gone in by 10:30am, we had to be next, and we were hoping we could have our new little baby in our arms by midday at this rate.
It wasn’t to be, they let us waiting another seven hours after the previous couple disappeared. If the waiting wasn’t enough, it was made worse by the fact that Clare had had no food or water since the night before because of the operation ahead.
Thankfully, just after 6:30pm a little girl was placed in our arms, and she was perfect. Suddenly nothing else mattered, and the wait had all been worth it.
Scroll forward two years and we have quite a character developing in front of us, celebrating her second birthday today. She is not one bit like her big sister. She is the yin to Olivia’s yang, the day to her night. They are both alike in some ways though, both are beautiful, funny and full of personality. I can see already that she’s going to keep us on our toes!
We were a little disappointed that because of the time of year, we couldn’t have a big bbq garden party like we had for Olivia, whatever we did would have to be indoors. So we decided to have the day in two parts, friends in the morning and family in the afternoon.
The girls were up at the normal time, so we came downstairs for the girls to be greeted by all the balloons, then by the presents. The kitchen was a big hit straight away. We’d told a couple of friends to pop round with their little ones later in the morning, so Chloe had someone to play with for a bit, and she had a lovely time and a few more presents to open. It would have been lovely to have been able to invite a few more, but the house just wasn’t big enough.
We’d done our best to make the house as fun as it could be for Chloe, with a mini laser light show, tents and tunnels with coloured balls everywhere. We couldn’t have a proper party because of the size of the room, but this was enough for Chloe.
As everyone left we hoped to slot Chloe’s nap into the couple of hours before the family turned up, and it worked a treat, a 3hr window proved enough to squeeze a 2 hour nap into.
With the family finally here, Chloe was awake after her sleep, fully refreshed and having a wonderful time. I disappeared off to the fish and chip shop to collect the food I’d pre-ordered the day before, fish and chips for everyone, which went down an absolute treat. A lovely evening was had by all, and once the girls were in bed the family didn’t stay too long, giving us chance to relax and enjoy our evening.